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The Most Special Gift of Christmas


Here is the Christmas gift of silence.  What a special day! How magnificent that we celebrate this great power of light and positive energy so near the darkest, shortest day of the year.

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Christmas  dawn at our home.

This the day of birth… of dawn and all things positive… peace… inner silence… calm… positive hopes of goodness for all… and the knowledge that no time is ever too late… because the darkest hour and deepest silence are the seeds for the greatest music and brightest light.

Silence is the great path to happiness.

Our Christmas gift to readers is always,  a quote from The Winter Solstice, the Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Mathews.

“There is a moment of silence that occurs every year, somewhere between the dawn of Christmas and the setting sun on Christmas day itself. – a moment we have all experienced once in our lives, maybe more than once. It can silence a great city, London or New York , and it can bring stillness to our hearts, whoever and wherever we may be. It offers the promise of new beginnings, of the clean slate of a new year, and it incorporates the breathless expectancy of Christmas night itself, when a familiar figure enters our lives and changes them briefly. It is such a moment that lies at the heart of the mid winter solstice and it is the celebration of this that this book is written.”

There is scientific evidence that silence is the most powerful path to happiness.  Scientists from University of Queensland in Australia and University of California at Berkeley  studied 76 Tibetan monks looked at how meditation in silence can affect the brain.

These experiments found that meditation improves “perceptual rivalry,” a process that takes place when two different images are presented to each eye.   Meditating on a single object or thought, created the ability to extend perceptual dominance.  One monk was able to maintain constant visual perception for 723 seconds. The average visual perception for control students was 2.6 seconds.

MRI scans revealed that because of meditation, one 66-year-old monk, has the largest capacity for happiness ever recorded. University of Wisconsin researchers, led by Davidson, hooked up 256 sensors to his head, and found that this monk had an unusually large propensity for happiness and reduced tendency toward negativity from actual changes in the brain.

Such studies show that this meditation in silence actually changes the brain and creates particular changes in the neural networks.  Normally thinking causes the brain to switch between the beta network (which deals with on tasks outside the body) and other brainwave networks, that tap into deeper inner self-reflective and emotional intelligence.   These outer and inner networks rarely work together.  Research has found that brains of experienced meditators are able to keep both networks active at the same time… thus giving logical thinking access to our deeper intellect.

Merri and I send our best wishes to you for silence filled with  a silent, inner joy and peace over this special time of celebration and in every day.

Gary

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